I will be taking the trans-siberian railway from Moscow to Mongolia in May - but will be in Warsaw, Poland before that. Does anyone know if i can easily obtain visa to Russia by going into the Russian Consulate in Warsaw in person?
I am a U.S. citizen and will be taking the trans-siberian railway from Moscow to Mongolia in May - but will be in Warsaw, Poland before that. Does anyone know if i can easily obtain visa to Russia by going into the Russian Consulate in Warsaw in person? If so, does anyone know about how long it would take to get the visa and how much it costs? Thank you!
I am not compltly sure but you should be able to get the visa done in Warsaw.. I am from Australia and living in Lithuania which is next door to Poland and it is possible for me to get one sorted here.
The only concern is the time it may take.. with the Russian visa it can be not a straight forward as you hope I guess. You may need an invitation for the country to get the visa rolling.. Never hope you will get it in a couple of days because something can happen.. You cant sort it before you leave the US.
I recently visited Belarus which has pretty much the same procedure as Russia and after I had the invite etc they said 10 days but gave them a little more care and had it back in four days. It depends on who you get I think!
Chris and Diana
I don't know if this is still the case, but a couple of years ago a friend of ours (British) looked into getting one in Vietnam before travelling from East - West back to the UK.
He found that you had to have been resident in the country for a specific length of time (like 6 months or something) to apply for a visa in a different country. Otherwise you had to get the visa from your home country.
Like I said, this might not be the case anymore and may not apply to Americans.
I think the general situation is as described by Rat on the Road - you have to get it from your country of citizenship or the country in which you're currently resident. There seem to be exceptions (unrelated to your situation, but I read that EU passport holders can sometimes get one in Hong Kong) but you should probably contact the Russian consulate in Warsaw for a definitive statement.
thanks for the info - i am still looking into this, but am hearing that likely it won't be a problem to get in warsaw as a u.s. citizen - i will find out next week when i am in warsaw! i have tried contacting the russian consulate in warsaw with no luck though.